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li Pays to Advertise In the Rising Gon VOLUME XI. NEGRO BUSINESS LEAGUE CAP TURES THE GOLDEN WEST. Booker T. Washington Preaches Doc trine of Self-Helpfulneee. Commercial Instinct of Race Quick ened Under Spell of the Spirit of John Brown of Kansas's Sacred 80II Register Vernon Telia of Ne gro's Value to the Nation Best Meeting of the Series. Topeka, Kan., Aug. 19. The Na tional Negro llusiness League has captured the "Golden West" and in turn the league has been captured by the bounteous hospitality and cordial welcome of the good people of the Sunflower State. This Is the first session of the organization to he held west of the Mississippi river, and it is readily conceded by all who have followed the fortunes cf Dr. Wash ington's famous aggregation of con structive workers, from lis inception in Hoston eight years ago. that in conce nt ration of nttfittion uion the work in hand, in the evidences of progress made over preceding years, and in the practical results growing out of the contact of earnest and ag gressive men of affairs, the Topeka meeting, like tho name of Abou Hen Adhem. "leads all the rest." It was frequently remarked by the upwards of threo- hundred delegates, and twice that, number of visitors, that It was simply marvelous how the leaders of a community, In which there are hut 13,000 Negroes, could accomplish so much with such apparent ease. A special interest attaches to the meeting on this soil, because of the anti-slavery inunorica that dt III lin ger hereabouts. The simple mention of our old hero of Ossawatomle. which came often and sympathetically, in variably evoked a reverent applause. Truly It may be said that, as was bo fervently sung by the audience: "John Hrown's body lies moulding in the grave, but his soul goes march ing on." The sessions, covering three days, wero held In the House of Repre sentatives. In point of attendance the average was well maintained in spite of the long distance from the center of Negro population of the country, and tho personnel, notwithstanding the absence of several of the strong est niombers of the "Old Guard," was fully up to the standard in quality and influence in the world that "does things." The initial Beasion was opened by First Vice-President Ira O. Guy, who Introduced the Hon. T. A. McXeal, State Printer; Mayor Wil liam Green of Topeka,, Hon. J. A. 'i routman, representing the Commer cial Club, and Attorney James H. Guy, President of the Local League, who delivered cordial addresses of welcome in behalf of their respective bodies; appropriate responses were made on behnlf of the National League by Judge W. Gibbs of Ar kansas, and K. L. Smith of Texaa. At this point Dr. Hooker T. Wash ington assumed the chair, amid tu multuous applause, and received a dainty Chautauqua salute at the hands of the ladies, who were present in largo numbers. The regular pro gramme was then entered upon and throughout the remainder of the. con vention period there was recital after recital of business progress by m?n and women who have struggled up ward by earnest effort and who are achieving tangible results in the com mercial life of the nation. Upon ev ry side there was evidence of sub stantial growth and the business in stinct of the Negro race has undoubt edly been quickened by the Inter change of thought and close personal contact with those who have made unquestioned success in numerous and varied business enterprises. The stellar feature of the program was the annual address to the league by Dr. Hooker T. Washington. The vspaclous and beautiful auditorium, one of 'tho very best balls of the West, seating 6,000 people, was filled to overflowing on the evening that he spoke. The deliverance contained much that was new and some that was not new, but never before had a Kansas audience beard him speak with the fervor, sincerity and in tense earnestness which character ized his utterances on this occasion. The prevailing tenor of the address was "do something to help yourself if you would rise in the world: sue ceas is an individual problem." The speaker emphasized the necessity of grasping our opportunities and not only getting an education, but to de velop the means by which that edu cation can be utilized. Education Is of little value if It be not applied to some tangible purpose; to increase our productive ability and placing our talents in touch with the markets. One Negro succeeding In business will do more to elevate the race in the esteem of those whose opinion is worth while, than all the talk, resolu tions and .abuse that might be in dulged in from now until doom's day. The object of the league Is to fos ter the habit of getting the most out of the things at hand and that its in fluence is making for concrete re sults is convincingly shown in the fact that before the advent of the league eight years ago, there were but two banks In the country con ducted by Negroes: now there are 34. with more In prospect. From a nure handful of poorly stocked drug stores a few- years ago, there are now 158, the majority of which are first claas in every detail. It is now a poor coniMiuuity indeed that has not its colored grocery, dry goods store, mil- lit.ery establishment, tailor shop, etc., together Willi splendidly equipped professional-atM-n who pre-nerving the thrifty. Industrious and self-respecting masses ns doctors, lawyers, teachers, editcrs, to bo ho cful In the future; the Negro has accomplished much, and it is the purpose of the league to open ways through which he may ac complish more. We should have an abundance of race pride. The speak er was greeted with n deafening round of applause, which lasted sev eral minutes, when lie severely scored that clasa of Negroes who are ashamed of their raciul Identity and who are trying, nfier a feeble fash ion, to "pass" for something thy are not. There was. a demonstration of approval almost equally ns strong when Dr. Washington declared that tho Nfgro is not seeking social eqilality has no desire to mingle with people who do not want him, and that there Is not the slightest foundation for the pretense in some quarters that the Negro Is trying to dominate the politics of the country. All that any right-minded Negro in the country seeks is equal justice in the courts nnd equal protection under tho law. Given the same chance and fair play, Dr. Washington believes that the enterprising Negro will not bo "down-trodden." He enunciated again his time honored shibboleth that "an Inch of progress is worth a yard of complaint." At the conclusion of tho Wizard's eloquent plea for self helpfulness there was a storm of ap plause from tho vast audience in which there was a large nunib'er of white people who had come out to hear I lie race's peerless leader to learn why the llusiness League has such a film hold upon the confidence aud affection of the energetic Negroes litre in Topeka and in every section of the country. Second only to the address of Dr. Washington was the interest mani fested in the speech of Hon. -W. T. Vernon, Register of the Flitted StateB Treasury, who was born In a Missou ri log cabin and has risen by his own might to the highest position in the nation held by a member of our race. Dr. Vernon's subject was "The Nt'gro and the Nation." Among the significant features of the convention were the second an nual meeting of the National Negro Hankers' Association; the formation of a National Association of Negro Undertakers; the organization of the State Business League of Texas; the symposium of the development of Ne gro towns; the lively interest mani fested In the reports from representa tives of 31 Negro banks, which con stitute the National Hankers' Asso ciation and which association has grown out of the constructive spirit of the National llusiness League. There was practically no change In the roster of officers elected for the ensuing year, and Haltlmore was chosen as the next place of meeting PoliHcUns No Farther, W. H. Seeder. for It Reaches More KANSAS CITY, MO.. SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, l.)07. I GRAND IS: if IB1 onnn in Holds Record Breaking Session At Boonville, August, 67 and 8. i. I --:'" Vn -.'.-VvvlNw. 1 i "AtMhy' I 1 Edward S. Lewis, "Little Father," Still In the Saddle, Smiling Sweetly. Order Making Great Progress Friendly Federation Discussed Odd Fellows Home Planned Jim Crow Legislation Hit Secretary Temple Gets New Headquarters in New Odd Fellows Temple Building in St. Louis. (Special Corre spondence.) Hoonville. Mo., Aug. 0, 1HU7. The District Grond Idge of Missouri, Grand I'uited Order of Odd Ft Hows, and the Grand limn:; "hold of Hut h. as sembled here today in the Morgan Street Haptist church in the twenty sixth annual convocation of the or der. Delegates arrived last night aud litis morning, from all sections of the state, over the M.. K. & T. and Mis souri Pacific railroads, and were com fortably housed and hospitably treat ed by the people of Hoonville. District Grand Master Kdward S. Lewis of Kansas City presided at th. opening session nt Morgan Ktreet Haptist church, where a large con course) of Hoonville people assembled to extent cordial greetings nnd words of welcome to the visiting delegates. Mayor W. G. Pendleton of Hoonville, who was to have delivered the wel ocme nddivss, was seriously ill, but sent an able substitute In the person of Judge C. W. Journey, the eloquent city attorney of Hoonville, who ex tended the welcome nnd freedom ot the city to the visitors In a most cor dial manner, paying the delegates many flatering compliments upon the orderly and Intelligent character of the delegates. His address was deep ly appreciated by the delegates and was responded to in a most appropri ate and sensible address by District Grand Master Kdward S. Lewis, who said in part: "We hope to show the people of Hoonville by our conduct, as well as by our words, that we fully appreciate the courtesle-s so cordially Homes of Colored People than any othei Paper In the State. fir extruded to us by the niavor's repro si lit:il ive." Addresses of welcome were delivered by John W. lirown of llooiivillo Iodise; .Miss .Mary Douglass of HlnomliiK Hose Household, and Krv. .1. II. Hrnoks. of the A. M. K. church, which w re ivsondrd to by )t puly Grand Masti r l. H. Jours of SedaMa; Most Noble Gow rnc ss Mrs. Sal;;- Dupee of Jefferson City, and Past Xohlo Father ItenJ. Thomas of St. Charles. The Hounvllle papers speak of the convocation us one of the largirl and most ord rly y.uhi rinrs of rcprcs:-iitnl ive Negroes ever held In ri and Ihe people en- inaiiil'est ing great interest In the proceedings. Th husinrss sessions of the district grand lodge are being held in Odd Fellows hall and the grand household Is Hinting at St.. Matthews A. M. K. church. The afternoon session of Hip grand lodge was devoti d to the appointment of cominltlei s and the reading of the reports of grand officers. Grand Sec retary George 10. Temple read his characteristic annual report, embrac ing a condensed history of the busi ness transactions of the order for the past vear, with exhibits tdiowlng the unprecedented prosperity of the or der and Its members. The report showed that the collections for the This l.i an increase of $ 1,000 over the surplus of Inst year. The evening session was a joint meeting of the Grand Lodge and the Grand Household, at which memorial servici s were held In honor of the deceased members of the order. The meeting was held In St. Matthews A. M. K. church, and was opt a to the public, who thronged the church to overflowing. Tho feature of the meet ing was an address by Hon. C. G. Williams of Hoonville, Mo., Most Wor shipful Grand Master of the Masonic order, of Missouri. Prof. Williams Vice President, Union National Bank. complimented the grand lodge and grand household upon the splendid showing made by the order In Its un nual convocation nnd upon its finan cial and fraternal growth. He greet ed the delegates as brothers and sis l;rs and bid them a hearty welcome to Hoonville. He said he wished to throw open the doors of his home nnd make them all welcome as his guests. He concluded by wishing the fratern ity nnd its officers Godspeed, and a hastening of the day so earnestly wistied for by our national Granil .Master. J. Mcllenry Jones, when all the fraternities may be united in a common brotherhood. In one frater nal union. The address was eloquent, appropri ate and timely and was received by the delegates with enthusiastic ap plause. Many addresses wt re deliv ered on the lives and work of our deceased members and an excellent musical programme was rendered b Ihe choir of St. Matthews church. Second Day's Session. Hoonville. Mo., Aug. 7. r.iu7. The second day's session of Hie (Jr.md LotJgi and Grand Household or the G. 1'. O. of O. F. vas devoted to the transaction tf routine business and to the hearing of reports of commit tees. The grand lodge appro;. ri.itcd $!.(" to be used as Ihe basis of a sinking fund for the erection of a suitable structure for a pi ruian. nt home Tor the aged and di en pid mem bers of the fraternity. Grand Secre tary George K. Temple of St. Louis wr.s unanimously chosen as Ihe li.i Icinal delegate to the Dlsirlel (.'rand Lodge of l'i nns.xhania. During the recess today their v. ,i, considerable maneiivi ring among the il decaii s for places. The delegates gathered in groups to di.icuss the forthcoming election of oMici rs ami many cm li dates were suggested fi r arious places. Many changes in Hie .er aoniiel of ihe official emps of lie Grand Lodge, and a special d U-' lion from SI. Loijis. lead by a w.-i;!i business niu'i of liial citv, made a strenuous Ili.ht on the Criml Secre tary, but the "Little Giant" contin ued to smile as sweetly as i vi r and seemed as cool and undisturbed by the attack of the opposition ns a cu (Mitnbor on lee. A cauass of the dele gates tonight si ems to indicate that thi entire ollicial corps, with the iv eeptlon of a few minor olllei rs. lll hi- re-elected, although many candi dates i-1'.-iu willing t,i ucci jit places within the gift of lie- order. As Ihe afternoon si sslon tod iv an aiiproprla lion of f.'itMi was passed for the equip ment of permanent headeitartei -s lor Ihe Grand Seen l iry in tho n w Odd Fellows Temple in Si. I.eulii by a voti thai made the opposition to ihe able scribe look like the ' I'v ell the chariot wheil." A night session v. is i!. li riuined upon in rid -r to complete the business ill lime to permit Un delegates to (iijoy the arioiis soeii! functions pn pared for their i pier I iiiimenl by the local cot, .mill. r. Hoonville. Mo.. Aug s. 1'ioT The business of the t u eiil si . t h unnual session (d Ihe District t'oati.t l.oib'.i was concluded last ui.lil In a :--.. imi that lasted the greali r part of the nlghl. The place selected lor the next inert lug Is SI. Joseph, Mo Among the most Import ml tin m.-iiivh adopted at the closing session was the following resolution, which wis offered by Grand Seen lary George II Temple: Beauty Contest Coupon I vote for M as ihe most beautiful lady of Kansas City Signed NUMBER 51 Resolution Endorsing the Constitu tional League of Missouri. Whereas, it lias become evident that a determined and organized ef fort is being made in this state to bring about the enactment of dis criminating laws for the ptirpos of segregating and humiliating the citi zens of Missouri, of African descent; and. Whereas, A large body of the rep resentatives of the Negro race, from all parts of this state, assembled In the city of St. Iiuis, July lo and II. l'.MiT, and then and there organized what is known as the Constitutional League of Missouri, whose avowed purpose is to use its influence to op pose all unjust nnd discriminating laws by the stale Legislature: and. Whereas. It is the purpose of our great fraternity to promote and en courage all efforts for the betterment of mankind nnd society In general, and most especially to rare for ami in cvrry wise protect the lust inter ests of the nit ml. ns of our noble ni di r; there, be It Ill-solved. Thill We most sincerely endorse the action taken at St. Louis on July in ami II. by our brethren from ail parts of (lie st ile in the In li re-1 of good government, by Ihe organic. it loll of the Const it ut iolial Liable of .Missouri: and be It further Kcschtd, Thai we recommend to the in. tubers ef our order throughout the stale that they nil and encourage Ihe itToi ts of that ergauial Ion in the worthy cause ll has undertaken lo promote, by In coming niemhits. by contributing of cur tin .ins. or in any othi r Ian lul maiip.'r. The following Grand Lodge ol'lccrs ware eh rl"d lor the eiisui'u; year: Grand Ma.-.li r, Ldward S. Lewi.-, ef Kansas t'dj: Deputy Gland Master. Ili-nrv (' Hrngg. Macon: Grind Sec-r.-lnr, G. urge K. Temple. Si. Louis: Gram! i'ri .e-ui i r. Augustus Turner. SI. Louis; Grand I lireelor. alii r .Lir'.is'iu. Poplar I'duffs: Stale Health l 'ommi..slon. r. 1 lutrh s F. t'nw.s. Si. i.eUis: Kildou mi lit Inspector. I, ( '. I Minondsoii. Spi 'Inglii Id. The follow, itur o'lici rs wi r - i hos. ti by Hie Grand Household: .Most .'oble Governess, Miss Helle Wort ham, Kansas Cilv; Grand Lecorder. Miss Viola S. Clay. SI. Louis; Grind Treasurer, Miss Rlla Hani-., SI. Joseph: Grand Lee inter. Mis. Sullie llupie, .l.'ITersoii 'll; hislricl Noble Governess. Miss M.i ,'gie L. Garner, SI. Louis. The usual ci remotili s of closing day were augmented by a grand deni ouvi r.ii inn in tie- I'oim of a sir it pa rade, in vilrli I in di legali s part lei paled, lieadi d bv Ihe Sedalia brass band, matching through Ihe principal iiiieils. Inning the uflil'lioou a pi nie. civ i n at Ciiv park, was Ihe ;,-eii of linn li in, ri -inn-til. There was a large crowd pnsint, many of whom i-nuerom the neighboring towns on tiioraPig I'-iite.. Among the I'eatuirs ol tlie da's pii a-tire at lh, park were a base t : 1 1 1 (.-ani'" bilvviiii Ihe JeiT.-r-sop i'it ami Hoonville ti ams. ami a pio- r: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - of attractive gtinies and oat of door spoils, including an old i.ishlmieit (ouiiirv dance. la the cm plug a spi tiilid liiu .ieal prei'tahi was rend' ted by local l.aliul at the Hoonville opera bouse, for Ihe en-l.-rlaititni nl of Hie visitors. I lie pi i grain Incliuhd au exhibition drill bv the Kansas t'ilv I'atrlarchv No. in;, - ill i in a ml i bv Cap. Tliotuas Lnlou, whieli was one of Ihe most commend able leuturts of Ihe rtiterl.aiiimenl.